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Bernie Sanders and the Brazen Return of Socialism

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If this muddled article is the best pro-Sanders pundits can do, then "socialism" is hardly a winning strategy.  Chait admits that Sanders' version is warmed over liberal-left thinking, nothing all that radical.  And yet he elevates Sanders as a towering figure ready to transfigure American politics.  This kind of mushy non-analysis reinforces why Sanders must clearly define the leverage for "American socialism" (divorced from different European roots, well conceded here).  Otherwise the cost in lost voters will be immense. No problem with the socialized, equality-oriented ideas Sanders presents BUT shouldn't we be much clearer about how "socialism" truly applies to modern, diverse, even oversized America?  We are as close to Scandinavia in real terms as Sanders and Chait are making this loaded term work in this primary. 

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